Great Escape is looking to change the entrance to the park before the summer season kicks off.
Great Escape Theme Park LLC, along with CT Male Associates, received a positive recommendation from the town Planning Board to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Park engineer Frank Palumbo told board members the project would increase the green space of the area by 34.8 percent.
The plan involves tearing down the current ticketing booth at the entrance of the amusement park and constructing a building that would house metal detectors for guests to pass through before gaining entry.
Palumbo said the previous entrance worked at a time when attendees did not have to be checked by park security before entering.
“This is the time we live in and most people are used to this level of security,” he said.
The new building would also include two bathrooms, which Palumbo said guests who had been traveling would appreciate.
“People who have just parked after a long car ride will now be able to access a restroom while they wait in line, instead of having to find one once inside the park,” Palumbo said.
The amusement park brought the plans before the Planning Board hoping to receive a positive recommendation regarding the zoning variances that would be needed to complete the new construction.
The first of the variances deals with a unique situation in which the zoning is divided on the same lot.
Palumbo explained that the park had previously received approval for the ticketing booth that is now standing, but due to the new construction, a vote would need to be held in order to approve the size and structure of the proposed building.
The plans also originally included a 35-foot light pole that would match the existing light post in the same area of the entryway. The town only allows for light poles that stand 20 feet tall, which caused the park to seek another variance for the proposed light fixture.